How Do I Improve The Air Quality in My Home?
What can you do to improve your indoor air quality? Your friends here at American Airflow understand the importance of air quality in your home and over the last decade, we have become experts at improving the air you and your family breathe every day. We can help you to improve your indoor air quality with just a few easy and inexpensive steps.
- Open doors and windows to let in fresh air
- Keep both your living AND storage areas clean
- Have your HVAC equipment regularly maintained
- Purchase high-quality air filters and replace them often
- Invest in an air purification system for your home
You might think the air inside is cleaner than the air outside, with all of those pollutants and toxins we are constantly reading about, but the opposite can often be the case. The air inside our homes is stale and usually circulated by a central AC and heating system. So any allergens simply get pushed around the house with nowhere to go. Fresh outside air is a fantastic natural air filter, but we all know that is not always a year-round solution.
Important for People with Respiratory Issues
Unfortunately, many of the particles in our indoor air are odorless so most of us do not even know they are affecting us until a doctor visit. For those with friends or family members that have respiratory issues, such as asthma or allergies, improving air quality is more about health than comfort. Dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores can affect all of us, but those invasive particles will greatly exacerbate a breathing illness in the home. You should always consult your doctor to discuss any breathing issues you or your family may have, but then I suggest that you ask your local HVAC technician what can be done on top of the doctor’s orders to improve your quality of life at home.
While we still recommend opening the windows every now and then to get that air circulating, no matter what the outside temperature may be, we also know that it is just not feasible in those cold winter months and it is definitely not happening during the sweltering days of summer. For those extreme seasonal times when the air we breathe is trapped indoors, we have a number of general ideas to share. But you should take the time to sit down with your local HVAC technician to discuss what options are available that would make the most sense for you, your family, and your home. Our many satisfied customers will tell you it is absolutely worth it!
Clean Air is a Direct Result of a Clean Home
The first thing to consider is the cleanliness of your living space. You would be amazed at how good hygiene can offer immediate air quality improvement. Vacuuming rugs and carpets regularly will definitely help to cut down on those pesky particles, but a home with hardwood floors will most likely lessen their existence altogether. Of course that is not always an option for everyone and of course, many of you love your wall-to-wall carpeting, so just remember a tidy home is a healthier home. We also highly recommend washing all of the materials in your house like your beds, curtains, and furniture. Making a small change to your cleaning routine can make a huge difference.
For those of us that have a lot of stuff, another easy solution to keeping your home clean is to get rid of some of the clutter. The less stuff we have, the fewer things we have to clean. Seems obvious, but think about how you clean your home and whether or not you clean every single item or just general areas. We are not here to judge because obviously, no one is perfect at keeping a clean house, though clearing out storage areas and organizing mementos is a great start. This is especially important because often our heating and air conditioning equipment are installed in the areas of our home that are used for storing the stuff we do not use every day.
Regular HVAC Equipment Maintenance Saves Money
Your furnace, boiler, hot water heater, heat pump, or air handler usually located in your basement or your attic, near those old trophies and boxes of baseball cards that are, quite literally, collecting dust. Imagine the machine that is charged with circulating the hot or cool air in your home is actually based in some of the dirtiest areas in the places we live. Making sure those spaces are clean and dry will also help your technician properly maintain a highly functional system. A dirty machine will require a lot more service than a clean one and we want to keep those expensive repairs to a minimum.
Clean equipment will not only minimize natural wear and tear, but it will allow the many moving parts to function at peak performance for an extended period. A well-maintained system will last much longer and run much more efficiently, which can both stretch the lifespan of the products you purchase and also cut down your monthly bills. The US Energy Department has said that a regularly serviced heating and air conditioning system can save you up to 30% each month, which adds up to a lot of extra money for the fun things in life.
Benefits of Air Filters, Air Cleaners, and Air Purifiers
Always make sure your HVAC technician changes the filters during the maintenance service, as those filters trap much of the dust that is spreading throughout your home. There are different brands and styles of filters in a range of shapes and sizes, but here at American Airflow we recommend using high capacity pleated filters. A higher quality filter will reduce housekeeping costs by keeping your home cleaner and decrease particles in the air to help you breathe easier, plus it will increase the energy efficiency and lifespan of your equipment. We also change the filters during each maintenance appointment, which is usually in the spring for the air conditioning system and in the autumn for the heating system.
For anyone suffering from asthma or allergies and looking to seriously increase the air quality in their home, we highly suggest having your local HVAC contractor install an air purifier. We work with a wide range of products and we are happy to schedule a free consultation to discuss what options are best for your needs. Air purifiers or air cleaners can provide an array of improvements to your home. Our most popular model prevents dust build up, maximizes the life of your HVAC equipment, is ten times stronger than traditional filters, collects 98% of pollen and mold spores, permanently captures 97% of bacteria and fungi, and traps 96% of pet dander and dust.
Schedule a Consultation with Your Local HVAC Tech
First things first, go open those windows and doors to let that fresh air in as often as possible. If you have not already, please discuss your respiratory concerns with a physician, pediatrician, allergist, or other reputable medical specialist. After you have spoken with a doctor, consult your local HVAC contractor and meet with your favorite technician to go over the best options for you and your family. If you live in Bergen, Passaic, or Morris County in New Jersey, please give us a call today and American Airflow will gladly schedule a complimentary meeting in your home to discuss the ways you can improve your indoor air quality.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)!
Does it really matter what type of air filters we use in our home?
We strongly recommend that our customers purchase high capacity pleated filters. A higher quality filter will reduce housekeeping costs by keeping your home cleaner and decrease particles in the air to help you breathe easier, plus it will increase the energy efficiency and lifespan of your equipment.
Does my home need an electronic media air cleaner or air purifier?
We regularly install and service electronic media air cleaners and air purifiers for customers interested in improving their indoor air quality. Our most popular model prevents dust build up, maximizes the life of your HVAC equipment, is ten times stronger than traditional filters, collects 98% of pollen and mold spores, permanently captures 97% of bacteria and fungi, and traps 96% of pet dander and dust.
How do I improve the air quality in my home?
We encourage you to call a trusted HVAC contractor in your area to discuss the options best suited for your family. You should request a complimentary meeting at your home so the company understands exactly what you are looking for, can assess the layout of your living space, inspect your current heating and air conditioning system, and help you come up with an affordable solution.